WRAL: McCrory reviews first six months as governor

Mark Binker of WRAL news tweets that Gov. McCrory will hold a news conference at 2:30 pm

McCrory about to hold a news conference and "review of his first six months in office" at 2:30 p.m. today. #ncga #ncpol

Listen to McCrory, then compare to his promises on WRAL's Promise Tracker

WRAL webcast the news conference at www.wral.com.

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A review of his first 6 months in office?

I presume that the press conference will adjourn at 2:31 p.m.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Don't laugh

There are serious consulting dollars at work that are saying "You have to do something to detract from the national press on that abortion thing - talk about something else!"

Right You Are...

...but he doesn't really have anything else to talk about ("Well, lessee...we had the scandal about me giving senior aides raises, and the scandal about Aldona appointing that insane woman to run the kids thing, and I played catch when the kids with wagons came. No, sorry, I'm not taking any questions today. Thanks for coming out. [Crack crooked smile] I'm Pat McCrony, and I'm Deputy Assistant Guvnor. How'd I do, Mr. Pope?").

But seriously, by calling a press conference to talk about something else, he's actually putting more attention on the abortion issue, because that's the topic people -- and media -- expect him to address at a press conference, regardless of what he WANTS to talk about. And whether or not he talks about it, it draws attention to the issue.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Protestors gathering at Governor's mansion

From TWC's News Carolina 14 and Heather Moore:
Protesters outside #NCGov's mansion. @PatMcCroryNC giving news conference about his first 6 months in office. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/mljnNG2pxJ

Go to Twitter link above for picture of a few protestors awaiting Gov. McCrory's statement to the press corps.

Martha Brock

"Improper procedures not being followed"

This guy is a serious bonehead. Somebody must have rerouted his brain so the words just sort of spill out without any thinking involved.

I dunno

I could not watch on WRAL webcast-computer malfunctioning. Steve was watching.

Just found this from WTVD:

"Parts of the bill deals with safety, but I also see parts of the bill that clearly cross the line into restrictions," said the Governor.

"That's where we need further discussion and further debate," he added.

McCrory did not say he would veto the bill. If the House of Representatives passes it, it could become law without his signature.

McCrory also once again voiced his disappointment with the way the Senate quietly added the abortion rules to another bill during a late night session last week.,,

Martha Brock

That's his obvious path of least resistance

He technically keeps his pledge (or some would say, I suppose).

First we have to see what Tillis allows to come out of the House when they take it up tomorrow.

Frankly, DAG McCrony doesn't matter much in this (or other) debates, with the possible exception of when he would go so far as to veto something (often still wouldn't matter, but might).

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

I didn't catch anybody asking

Which is a monumental lapse on the part of reporters, in my opinion. As long as that third option is available, reporters need to ask "Will you allow this bill to become law?" Any other question is pretty much irrelevant.

I will say this: McCrory's repeated references to a Durham abortion clinic that was just shut down leads me to believe he's gearing up to make the "safety" argument. Which means he would have to sign the bill (or whatever comes out of the House). If he didn't plan on signing it, he wouldn't make that argument at all.

Important questions: Was this clinic actually closed? Was it for the reasons he cited? If so, has DHHS known about this clinic's issues for weeks/months? If that is so, was action taken yesterday (I think that's what he said) due to today's press conference? If that is so, and we'll never get anybody to admit it, doesn't that mean DHHS has been endangering women up 'til now for the sake of political timing?

Choose

Whatever explanation he gives has to include one of these two lines:

I will not veto this bill. I lied to Laura Leslie during that debate.

Or ...

I will veto this bill. I actually do keep my word every now and then.